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I have an old kenmore sewing machine Model # 385 -1695180. It repeatedly has the same problem: the stitch selector dial does not work and is always set on straight stitching no matter what stitch is actually indicated by the line marking the actual stitch selected. It appears that the dial does not actually move the internal settings at all. I have paid for repairs on this more than once thru Sears and am tired of it. Have oiled the machine as directed in the manual, with no change. I would like to know how to fix this problem myself. Thank you

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Under top of unit there is a cam with different groves, the selector that runs along it is likely stuck and in need of oiling. If when Turing selector you do not see it move, that's the problem. There are 4 screws that hold that mechanism down, it can be removed shaft then oiled, and make sure the sping is also there and working

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It sounds like the mechanism and/or the knob are dirty.
Spray some degreaser on the cam stack and behind the knob, blow them out with canned air. IT may take a couple cleanings if old lubricants are sitting there.

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Did you ever figure out how to fix this? my machine does the exact same thing! :(

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make sure stitch length is in proper color area

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